Andy Warhol – After Munch

26th May-26th August 2018
Munch Museum on the Move-Kunsthall Oslo
Dronning Eufemias gate 34

In 1983–84, Pop artist Andy Warhol (1928–87) produced a series of 15 paintings with images taken directly from Edvard Munch’s best known lithographic prints. Warhol had long regarded Munch, alongside Henri Matisse, as one of his favourite artists, and he had visited Oslo in 1973 to view Munch’s works at the National Gallery and the Munch Museum. Like most of Warhol’s best-known works, these are copies which at the same time transform the sense and meaning of the originals. The paintings describe a transaction in which the famously superficial Warhol becomes a profound and important figure in the history of art, while Munch, tortured and brooding, is best known for the mass-culture icon that The Scream has become.